Poodle with Dog Jaw Quiver or Chatter

by Wendy

I have an 8 year old toy poodle. About 2 weeks ago I noticed that every time she would lick her mouth, regardless of food, her lower jaw would quiver. It hasn't stopped and the vet has no idea what it is. They tell me she seems fine. Her teeth are in good condition but her breath is terrible. They didn't find any tumors or other problems in her mouth. She acts the same, and she seems ok, but this is something abnormal for her.

Please help me if you can! She is my baby and she means the world to me! If I need to do something else I will.

I just need someone to tell me they've seen this before and what it is.

Vet Suggestion Regarding Dog Jaw Quiver or Chatter

Hi Wendy,

I suspect that your dog is suffering from oral pain. The “jaw quiver” that you describe is a pretty classic symptom (we sometimes call it a “chatter”). You mentioned her terrible breath, this certainly fits with some type of oral disease as well.

You mentioned that her teeth are in good condition, but this is really impossible to determine without her being anesthetized for a full oral exam and dental x-rays. She may have disease affecting the parts of her teeth or jaw that are covered by her gums, or in a part of her mouth that can’t be well-examined in an awake dog.

If your veterinarian is not able to perform these services, I recommend you seek a consultation with a veterinary dentist. He or she should be able to diagnose the cause of her jaw quiver and bad breath and treat it appropriately.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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Jul 13, 2018
Same here NEW
by: Vicki

I have the same symptoms with my 5 1/2 yr old Labradoodle Bella. We took her to FSU to have some test done. They ruled out Focal Seizures and did a CT Scan on head and mouth area. The only thing that showed up were (2) dry small ulcerated areas back near her tonsils. She has been on Pain Meds and Mouth wash for 3 weeks now. It has improved but not all the way cleared up. I’m wondering if it was correct diagnosis. Could you please share any answers you found out when you had your baby checked out at the Vet.

Oct 05, 2016
Chattering jaw in toy poodle NEW
by: Anonymous

My 8 year old toy poodle has been doing this as well and I just found this video. I know your comments were all posted a couple of years ago but this is really interesting. No vet would pic this up. This is exactly what my poodle is doing.


Jan 01, 2013
Same thing
by: Anonymous

My 10 year old toy poodle is doing the same thing. He has had many of his teeth pulled already. His breath is awful too. Thanks for posting this the vet hasn't done much to help us. I may search for a vet dentist.

Feb 19, 2012
Quivering lower jaw
by: Anonymous

My vet suggested that my poodles electrolytes could be out of balance as a cause. She will be checked this week! Good luck.

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